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Montgomery College Selected to Participate in “Gap for Community Colleges Program”
Gap Inc.’s training program will be incorporated into College’s accelerated business curriculum designed for adult students
Gap Inc., the parent company of Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Piperlime and Intermix brands, has partnered with Montgomery College to offer career development training to adult business students enrolled in an accelerated program to earn their associate’s degree. The Gap for Community Colleges program was designed in response to President Barack Obama’s Skills for America’s Future, which focuses on maximizing workforce development, job training programs, and job placement for community college students, with the ultimate goal of the American workforce becoming more competitive in the global economy.
“For more than 40 years, Gap Inc. has been committed to improving education in the communities where we live and work,” said Eva Sage-Gavin, executive vice president of Global Human Resources & Corporate Affairs for Gap. “We are proud to participate in this White House initiative and expand our job training programs to more cities to support efforts to improve the economy. Our hope is that Gap for Community Colleges can be part of the solution to improve workforce competitiveness here in the US.”
Montgomery College is the 20th institution selected to participate in the Gap for Community Colleges Program, a nationwide initiative that offers community college students the same comprehensive training curriculum given to Gap store managers. Taught by Gap employees, the workshops target job searches, interview skills, resume writing, managing people, time management, and workplace communication skills. In addition, community college students have the opportunity to shadow a Gap manager and gain valuable on-the-job experience. Participants in the Gap for Community Colleges program will also have the opportunity to apply for the company’s management level positions.
Each community college partner has tailored the training program to meet the needs of its students and local workforce demands. At Montgomery College, the workshops will be incorporated into its competitive business program designed for working adults to complete an associate’s degree within two years. Using a cohort model, students in the Montgomery College Accelerated Program (MCAP) in business take classes online and on campus in the evenings and weekends, working around their job schedules. Ten students participate in the current cohort, and many are expected to receive their degrees in May 2014. Additional information about the MCAP in business is available on the College’s website: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department.aspx?id=26546.
“The Gap for Community Colleges career development training will be an added value component of our accelerated business program for working adults and some students may even seek employment as managers with Gap Inc.,” said DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “We are so honored to be selected to participate in this exciting program, which is a perfect example of a successful public-private partnership to support workforce development in Maryland and across the country.”
In addition to the training, Gap Inc. has provided funding to support book scholarships for the students in the MCAP in business program. Students who successfully complete the training program will receive financial support to purchase textbooks for the following semester, helping them to complete their studies towards their associate’s degree.